Despite wearing top quality nursing pads and opting for clothes that discreetly hide wet spots, some women leak breast milk. You may also have a baby who has refux and find yourself inundated with laundry.
In fact, milk stains aren’t just found on your clothing, they can even be on mattresses, pillows, sheets, bras and even on baby items also.
Here are some tips on how to remove breast milk stains from clothing.
Take preventative action
Consider keeping a supply of muslin cloths handy to use whilst nursing and even for placing under your baby’s chin or over your shoulder whilst you wind them. This will help catch unexpected dribbles. A soft bib also works well. You may find you need to adjust how often you change your pads, you may also need to look out for a different brand or even consider a switch from disposable to reusable (or visa versa) until you get your flow under control. Sometimes though no matter how prepared you are, accidents happen.
Here are some tips to helping you remove milk stains from clothes
- Spot wash: The best tip is to get to the stain as soon as possible. Even if it means using a damp cloth to wipe down the area until you can get your clothes into a machine.
- Pre-soak: Some stubborn stains need to be soaked before clothes are washed. Just like baby clothes with yellow stains on them, using items such as Napisan, Orange oil and Sunlight soap, are great for addressing marks safely.
- Baking soda: A great tip is to make a mix of baking soda and water. It’s a good solution for dabbing milk spillages and also really easy to carry in your diaper bag. Just pre-mix and store in a portable bottle just in case!
- Oxiclean: Most parents rely on Baby Oxiclean for so many reasons. Keep a bucket of water with a scoop of Baby Oxiclean mixed into it. Place any soiled items straight into the bucket and when it’s time to throw into the washing machine it’s been soaking and guaranteed to disappear.
Tip: Washing powder
A baby’s skin can be rather sensitive to regular washing powder so it’s always a good idea to use fragrance free products. To avoid widespread irritations use mild soaps and powders for everything from clothing to bedding and any items that come into contact with their skin. And as always, please check the wash labels on your garments before laundering.